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sabcEWN reports that Communications and Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says she will continue to meet with the National Treasury and other entities in order to formulate a plan to rescue the ailing SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

However, she will not be making any pronouncements on issues facing the public broadcaster until a plan for its future has been finalised.  Speaking on Tuesday, Ndabeni-Abrahams said she needed to consult more widely than with just the board and staff on how to resolve the SABC’s problems.  Her comments came amid turmoil at the broadcaster, with dire warnings that it will run out of money by March.  It has asked the government to sign off on a R3 billion debt guarantee to allow it to keep head above water, as it embarks on a process of mass retrenchments aimed at cutting costs.  Ndabeni-Abrahams has reiterated that she is opposed to any action that would lead to unemployment, but underlined the need to deal with the realities of the situation.  Meantime, the SABC’s board is in disarray following the resignation of four board members earlier this month after reported clashes with the new minister.

  • Read Lindsay Dentlinger’s full report on this story at EWN

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